Bondi Farmers Markets picnic

What a gorgeous morning spent at Bondi Farmers Markets!
A few friends gathered here with picnic rugs to celebrate Loren’s birthday.

I always love walking around markets and checking out what the different vendors have on offer.

We bought some of the delicious bread. Freshly baked and full of all the good stuff

Pink Lady apples (my favourite) en-mass

Tomatoes, avocados, cheeses, peanut butter, jam…

I enjoyed a slice of bread with home-made jam and deliciously strong cheddar…

As well as a slice with peanut butter and jam (first time combo for me, yum!)
And a cappuccino

All had in good company, with relaxing background tunes

It was a great morning spent in the sun and a well organised picnic, thanks Girls!

Happy birthday Loz (and Jared for Wednesday)!

And congrats to the lucky girl out there..

The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing with Liv @ my all-time favourite cafe ‘Gertrude and Alice’.  It is slightly annoying to pay $4 for a cup of tea but I love that it is served in a china mug and in a pot… and nothing beats the atmosphere in this place.

On the topic of books, I just ordered ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ on my kindle.
After all this hype it is time to see what the fuss is about.

Hope you are having a chilled out Saturday wherever you are in the world!

I leave you with 2 questions today
1) Have you read any good books lately? and

2) Would you like to be proposed to in sky writing???

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you Dashing Diva’s for nominating me for ‘The Versatile Blogger’ Award!

Here are 5 random facts about me, one of the criteria I need to share in order to receive the award.

1. I have a large family and have been a Bridesmaid 5 times – I have 16 first cousins (including all their wonderful partners that takes us to 25!) I love each one of them dearly, and am blessed to share a special relationship with them all individually.

I wish I had a photo that included everyone! This is the closest I have.

2. I spent an awesome month of my life in the Amazon rainforest working on a sustainability project. There is no place more tranquil and more beautiful than the rainforest.  Working with the gorgeous animals, fellow volunteers and the wonderful Peruvian people made this experience unforgettable.

Morning monkey duty

Tarantulas..

3. I have Coffee Au Lait birthmarks (sounds delicious) on my neck, arm, tummy and back. It is something that I am learning to accept and I try to love about myself – We are all unique in our own way, right?

4. My favourite fruit is bananas. I love them in my oats, dipped in peanut butter, mixed with yoghurt, on their own, in a fruit salad, served with curry, sliced thinly in a chocolate crepe…

Banana makes every breakfast complete

5. I love to paint!

The beach is the perfect subject matter

Other bloggers I would like to nominate for this award:

1.Go Bake Yourself
2.Gluten Free Happy Tummy http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/
3. Live Passionately Tonight
4. The Healthy Diva
5. Carrots ‘n’ Cake
6. Fannetastic Food 
7. Eat, Live, Run
8. Peace, Love and Oats
9. Change of Pace
10. The Fitnessista
11. Fitness and Frozen Grapes
12. The Daily Dish
13. One Healthy Munchkin
14. Mommy Run Fast
15. The Run Within

Well done and thank you!  You have all inspired me in some way.

To the readers out there…
Please comment bellow with a random fact about yourself.

Have an awesome day!

Eating Well and Feeling Satisfied

Food is a big part of my life. It is a big part of my culture and a massive part of my social life. I like to eat and feel satisfied 🙂 I love to share good food with the people I love.

Fig, Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad

Sushi Salad – Fresh, Delicious and Fun!

Some tips for eating well and feeling satisfied:

  • Never deprive yourself of anything. If you want something, have it and enjoy it a small portion of it.
  • Fill your fridge with lots of fresh, colourful produce. How can you possibly turn down a good salad or a juicy piece of fruit when it is staring right at you?
  • Embrace the grains! Carbs can be your friend if you choose the good quality, wholesome wholegrains. Complex cabrs including oats, wholegrain bread and brown rice help to keep you hunger at bay and provide you with energy to fuel your exercise.
  • Try to include a protein in all your meals. Protein, found in foods such as eggs, chicken, meat, nuts and fish is vital for the growth and repair of cells.  Protein also helps with satiety, as it digests slowly and does not cause massive spikes in your blood-sugar level.  For more info on this check out this article from the Livestrong website –The Advantages of a Protein Diet.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water and herbal teas.
  • Finally, the very best tip I have to share is one I learned from my late Grandfather.  That is,  to eat slowly, savour every mouthful and share your meals with the people you love 🙂 

My Cousins and I sharing one of many special dinners with our late Grandfather

What is your best tip for eating well and feeling satisfied?